Today, members of the School community gathered in Wallis Auditorium to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Meriden with the formal commissioning of Mrs Lisa Brown as Meriden’s eleventh Principal.
In a joyful and moving ceremony, the Bishop of South Sydney, the Right Reverend Dr Michael Stead, shared his words of encouragement for Mrs Brown as she prepares to lead the School into a new era.
Mrs Brown pledged to do her best to serve the Meriden community and build on the legacy of those who have come before her.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the School Council for trusting me with this responsibility and the Meriden community for the warm and supportive reception I have received. I am truly humbled and honoured for this responsibility,” she said.
Mrs Brown, who joined the School community in 2004 as a teacher, warmly reflected on her time at Meriden and her hopes for the future.
“My life has been enriched through the care, community and Christian foundations I have received at Meriden. As a teacher, I have been pushed by those I have taught, and I have been mesmerised by the intellectual capacity and academic drive of my students,” said Mrs Brown.
“As I now take on the responsibility of leading Meriden into a new era, I recognise the important role in ensuring that our School remains true to its values,” she said.
Meriden’s Fidelis Quartet performed a touching rendition of Be Thou My Vision, a hymn that reminds us to fix our eyes on Jesus in all that we do. Representatives from several areas of the School community then shared prayers of support, hope and encouragement for Mrs Brown as she commences her new role. To conclude the service, the Senior Singers gave a beautiful performance of The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Special guests in attendance included the Chairman of Meriden School Council, Reverend Dr Andrew Katay, School Council members, Principals of other Independent Schools and members of the Strathfield Council, while parents were invited to watch the ceremony via livestream.
The Meriden community is grateful to have been involved in this significant moment in the history of the School.